Las Vegas has a low tolerance for those driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated. The city has a legal blood alcohol content level of 0.08%, 0.04% for commercial drivers, and 0.02% for drivers under the legal drinking age of 21. Any driver caught breaking these limits will be charged with a DUI and could face serious penalties.
Despite the serious legal ramifications drivers face if they are caught driving under the influence, it still happens. In fact, Las Vegas is one of the top states for DUI arrests. Metro police officers and Nevada Highway Patrol troopers are effective in taking drunk drivers off our streets. However, despite their best efforts, the worst can still happen, and you might find yourself in an accident involving a drunk driver. Following an accident, you may first find yourself dealing firsthand with an impaired driver. This could mean they behave irrationally, give you false information, or get angry. The best way of dealing with the situation is to call authorities as soon as you can.
You should also never get into a car with an impaired driver. If you are injured in an accident as a passenger in a vehicle with a drunk driver, the insurance company may deny or limit your claim based on the Assumption of Risk doctrine. This means that your recovery may be denied or limited if you took a risk in getting into a car, knowing that the driver had been drinking.
If you are involved in a car accident caused by a drunk or impaired driver, call the experienced personal injury attorneys at Edward M Bernstein and Associates at 702-240-0000 today.